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Dirk Nowitzki believes the top NBA teams are getting stronger and stronger

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The 2015-16 NBA regular season ended in spectacular fashion as Kobe Byant dropped 60 points on his final appearance for the L.A. Lakers. 

After a year that was dominated by the Golden State Warriors' pursuit of history, their achievements were somewhat overshadowed by the display of the Black Mamba at the Staples Center. 

However, after the dust settled on an incredible performance by Bryant, the realisation of what the Warriors achieved began to set in. 

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Winning 73 games in a regular season is no mean feat and may never be achieved again by another franchise. 

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki has been in the NBA for 18 years and believes the standard at play at the top of the league, not just the Warriors, has become better over the years and it is an exciting time for the association. 

In a recent conference call with worldwide media, the 37-year-old said: "I feel like the top of the league has gotten better and better over the years. 

Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

"The talent pool just keeps getting better in these good teams. And, yeah, I mean it's really, really hard these days to win it up there.

"I mean, look, San Antonio has an incredible year, only lost like 14, 15 games and they still finished five, six games behind the Warriors. 

"It's an incredible amount of talent these teams have. And it is a fun playoffs, exciting playoffs; exciting for the league, exciting for our sport."

The German also heaped praise on the Warriors, who wrote themselves into the record books as the most winningest franchise in history.

"I was happy for them they broke the record," he said. "They've been incredibly fun all year. Just to lose nine games an entire season, that's incredible and that record might never be touched again. I'm happy for the guys and they played an incredible season, for sure."

GREAT CHANCE

While the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors are the three runaway favourites to lift the Larry O'Brien trophy, there are a number of confident franchises in the chasing pack.

One of those teams is the Oklahoma City Thunder. With Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, there is always a chance they could spring a surprise. 

Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

However, with the series balanced at 1-1 after two games in Oklahoma City, the Mavericks and Nowitzki have a great chance of causing an upset in the first round. 

Heading back to the American Airlines Center, Dallas have a brilliant chance to steal a march over their opponents, but Dirk and Co. will need to be on top of their game. 

Watch the 2015-16 NBA Playoffs live on BT Sport or via NBA LEAGUE PASS at www.nba.tv.

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